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06-01-2021, 11:05 AM - 1 Like   #1
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sad news that might benefit some folks Wolfe's Camera in Topeks is closing

my brick and mortar photography store is calling it quits after 95 plus years

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Going Out of Business

All items subject to prior sale. Available in store or by phone. Online prices may be higher.

Sale Starts Tuesday June 1st.
Wolfe's Promotions | Wolf's Camera Shop | Topeka KS

they are saying that they cannot predict the exact day that the doors will be closing

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That's bad news when a store that's been in business for almost 100 years closes. COVID probably did not help either..

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a great deal of photographic knowledge held by the members of the staff will be lost
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The more reason to not buy on-line to save a few bucks but try to buy everything in you're local store and be happy to pay that few extra bucks.

Just today i ordered 4 large 60x80 cm photo prints including aluminum picture frames in my favorite local store (also maybe some 100 years in town) . I didn't even look on-line to see if i could get it cheaper (i am sure i could).

If you ever need good advice or need warranty, you're local store will really help you. Service you will never get in a webshop.

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Always sad when a long-standing small business leaves the community. Imagine all the people who have entered Wolfe's through the generations, looking for equipment, advice, film, photos, prints, whatever.


One thing the Pandemic has shown me is the great and important role that local businesses play in our communities.

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Problem is...with every camera store closing...no one is opening up anew one....which is forcing one to buy online...especially if you are a Pentax owner.
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Even a local store who isn't Pentax dealer can order Pentax equipment for you. Been there, done that.
The advantage was that they enabled me to work with my new camera for a few weeks, and when some problems would came up, i could bring it back and they would take care of it that i got a replacement.

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However i have never been there, and even never heard of them (i live in the Netherlands) i couldn't keep myself to email them a 'thank you' for all they have done for the local photo enthusiasts. I already got a reply of them with a "thank you for you're kind words"


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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
Always sad when a long-standing small business leaves the community. Imagine all the people who have entered Wolfe's through the generations, looking for equipment, advice, film, photos, prints, whatever.


One thing the Pandemic has shown me is the great and important role that local businesses play in our communities.

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I was one of those people for many years. It was my favorite store in the world of any type of store. I bought my first VCR there, then my second and third after the first one was stolen. I had film developed, enlargements made, found all sorts of interesting gadgets for film cameras.... And film cameras, dark room equipment... so much more.

I heard this news a couple days ago from a friend on FB and was truly saddened. The "good point", if there is one I guess, is that the owners are said to be closing because of their desire to retire from the business. If I understand correctly, they owned the building which allowed them to survive turbulent times more than once.

They're an institution, not only in the state, but the midwest. Although the photography market has changed so much, it still is a bitter blow to see this particular store close.
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Very sad to hear this; as I've purchased from them in the past.
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